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The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - January 2015

In this issue: - News from the Courts - Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Fiduciary Duties in Sale Context and Overturns Judicial Imposition of Auction in Deal with Passive Market Check - Illinois Court...more

In re Family Dollar Stores, Inc.: No Revlon Duty to Seek Better Terms From Competing Bidder

Last month, in In re: Family Dollar Stores, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, a Delaware Chancery judge rejected the efforts of certain shareholders of Family Dollar Stores, Inc., to prevent Family Tree’s shareholders from voting...more

Delaware Corporate Law And Litigation: What Happened In 2014 And What It Means For You In 2015

In This Issue: - Delaware’s Leading Role in Business and Business Litigation - Curbing Stockholder Litigation: Exclusive Forum and Fee-Shifting Provisions - Two-Tiered Poison Pill Targeted at Hedge Fund...more

Del. Justices Reverse Injunction Halting Sale of Control Transaction

When a Delaware corporation engages in a sale of control transaction, its board's obligation is to obtain the highest value reasonably attainable. This obligation, often referred to as Revlon duties, may be fulfilled as long...more

Delaware Supreme Court Holds That Revlon Does Not Require An Active Market Check, Reverses Lower Court Order Preliminarily...

On December 19, 2014, the Supreme Court of Delaware reversed the Delaware Court of Chancery's November decision to preliminarily enjoin for 30 days a vote by C&J Energy Services stockholders on a merger with Nabors Red Lion...more

Delaware Supreme Court Endorses Change of Control Subject Only to a Post-Signing Passive “Market Check” and Overturns Chancery...

On December 19, the Delaware Supreme Court overturned a Delaware Chancery Court decision that imposed a mandatory obligation on a target company to solicit alternative transactions for 30 days despite a prohibition against...more

New Delaware Decisions Provide Strong Support for Independent Board Decisions in the Sale of a Company

On December 19, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court, in C&J Energy Services, Inc. v. City of Miami General Employees' & Sanitation Employees' Retirement Trust, issued a strongly worded decision refusing to enjoin a change of...more

No Auction Required – Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Board Flexibility under Revlon

Ruling that an active solicitation process is not necessarily required for a target board of directors to satisfy its fiduciary duties in a change of control transaction, the Delaware Supreme Court overturned a preliminary...more

Delaware Supreme Court Says Window Shopping Without Auction Enough in C&J-Nabors Case

In November, the Delaware Chancery Court agreed to temporarily bar C&J Energy Services Inc. investors from voting on a proposed merger between C&J and the hydraulic fracturing and well-sealing units of Nabors Industries Ltd. ...more

Have Your Directors Met Their Revlon Duties? Delaware Court Dismisses Strike-Suit Allegations as Merely Cosmetic

In a virtual course on how to bring—or not bring—an M&A strike suit, on June 30, a Delaware Chancery Court dismissed all shareholder claims against a merger target and its acquirer, ending nearly two years of litigation. ...more

Houseman v. Sagerman, C.A. No. 8897-VCG (Del. Ch. Apr. 16, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery held that the plaintiffs failed to adequately plead that the board failed to satisfy its Revlon duties in good faith and to negotiate consideration for alleged derivative claims that...more

New York Court Holds That Revlon Standards Are Not Triggered In A Stock-for-Stock Merger Where No Change of Control Results

The recent decision in Badowski v. Corrao, No. 652986/2011, NYLJ 1202642854864 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. County, Commercial Division), is a timely application by a New York court of the limitations of so-called Revlon duties to...more

Delaware Chancery Court Offers New Guidance for Boards Considering Single-Bidder Sale Processes

What you need to know: The Delaware Court of Chancery has put companies on notice that sale processes that involve a single bidder, while permissible, must be designed to ensure that the board satisfies its Revlon duty...more

In re BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. S’holders Litig., C.A. No. 6623-VCN (Del. Ch. Jan. 31, 2013) (Noble, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss with respect to plaintiffs’ breach of fiduciary duty and aiding and abetting claims relating to a going private transaction. The Court’s...more

"Don't Ask, Don't Waive" Standstill Provisions: Impermissible Limitation on Director Fiduciary Obligations or Legitimate,...

Under Revlon and its progeny, directors of Delaware corporations have a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure that stockholders receive the highest price reasonably available in a sale of the company. One way that target...more

Delaware Court Provides Further Guidance on Enforceability of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Waive” Standstills

On November 27, 2012, a bench ruling by Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery in In re Complete Genomics, Inc. Shareholder Litigation enjoined the enforcement of a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Waive”...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Merger Litigation Suit

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently ruled that a company's board of directors is vested with discretion to choose between competing buyout offers — even if the ultimate choice is favorable to the personal interests of the...more

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